Maverick Vinales showed no signs of a hangover from his nightmare at the German Grand Prix as he topped the timesheets in both Friday Practice sessions at Mugello. The Avintia Blusens rider lost his championship lead to Sandro Cortese after failing to score in the wet at the Sachsenring but with dry, sunny conditions prevailing today he was back on form, lapping in 1:59.676.
Mind you, Vinales' toils paled into comparison to Romano Fenati who qualified last and finished a lap down, but the boost of riding at home clearly paid off for the rookie, who went second fastest. Fenati, riding for the Italian Federation squad, still feels there is more to come ahead of qualifying.
“We’re still working on finding the best setup for the bike. I’m calm and confident, and I hope to do well on my home track.”
Danny Kent's good form continued with third place as the Briton finished as the leading KTM rider on Friday, with Niccolo Antonelli giving the home fans even greater cause for optimism with fourth place, having all-but matched Kent's time of 2:00.046.
Five days after claiming his maiden Grand Prix podium, Alexis Masbou was an excellent fifth for Caretta Technology but the team's mood was dimmed by a crash for Jack Miller on the sister Honda. The Australian was taken away on a stretcher but thankfully he will be fit to ride tomorrow.
Alberto Moncayo was sixth, offering some much-needed cheer for the struggling Aspar team with championship leader Sandro Cortese just behind in seventh. Estrella Galicia teammates Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins were eighth and ninth with Louis Rossi completing the top ten.
Danny Webb's struggles at Mahindra continued as his bike stopped again in FP2, leaving him down in 27th. The Briton has a new teammate this weekend with Marcel Schrotter getting the sack but Italian Championship 125cc frontrunner Riccardo Moretti didn't fare any better, finishing the day in 33rd.
Moto3 Gran Premio D'Italia TIM: Combined Friday Practice Classification
|1||Maverick ViÃ±ales||FTR Honda||Blusens Avintia||1:59.676|
|2||Romano Fenati||FTR Honda||Team Italia FMI||+0.314|
|3||Danny Kent||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+0.370|
|4||Niccolo Antonelli||FTR Honda||San Carlo Gresini Moto3||+0.373|
|5||Alexis Masbou||Honda||Caretta Technology||+0.542|
|6||Alberto Moncayo||Kalex KTM||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3||+0.559|
|7||Sandro Cortese||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+0.648|
|8||Miguel Oliveira||Suter Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+0.777|
|9||Alex Rins||Suter Honda||Estrella Galicia 0,0||+0.823|
|10||Louis Rossi||FTR Honda||Racing Team Germany||+0.849|
|11||Efren Vazquez||FTR Honda||JHK Laglisse||+0.947|
|12||Luis Salom||Kalex KTM||RW Racing GP||+0.962|
|13||Jakub Kornfeil||FTR Honda||Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta||+1.000|
|15||Jonas Folger||Ioda||IodaRacing Project||+1.096|
|16||Adrian Martin||FTR Honda||JHK Laglisse||+1.165|
|17||Kevin Calia||Honda||Elle 2 Ciatti||+1.344|
|18||Niklas Ajo||KTM||TT Motion Events Racing||+1.442|
|19||Hector Faubel||Kalex KTM||Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3||+1.523|
|20||Isaac ViÃ±ales||FTR Honda||Ongetta-Centro Seta||+1.748|
|21||Brad Binder||Kalex KTM||RW Racing GP||+1.755|
|22||Michael Ruben Rinaldi||Honda||Racing Team Gabrielli||+1.771|
|23||Alessandro Tonucci||FTR Honda||Team Italia FMI||+1.822|
|24||Simone Grotzkyj||Suter Honda||Ambrogio Next Racing||+1.858|
|25||Toni Finsterbusch||Honda||Cresto Guide MZ Racing||+2.013|
|26||Jasper Iwema||FGR Honda||Moto FGR||+2.156|
|27||Danny Webb||Mahindra||Mahindra Racing||+2.211|
|28||Alan Techer||TSR Honda||Technomag-CIP-TSR||+2.400|
|29||Luigi Morciano||Ioda||Ioda Team Italia||+2.445|
|30||Ivan Moreno||FTR Honda||AndalucÃa JHK Laglisse||+2.514|
|31||Arthur Sissis||KTM||Red Bull KTM Ajo||+2.633|
|32||Giulian Pedone||Suter Honda||Ambrogio Next Racing||+2.721|
|33||Riccardo Moretti||Mahindra||Mahindra Racing||+2.737|
|34||Jack Miller||Honda||Caretta Technology||+2.806|
|35||Kenta Fujii||TSR Honda||Technomag-CIP-TSR||No Time|